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ZDNet: New Priorities Change the Database Race

May 14, 2003, 19:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Martin LaMonica)

"In particular, the desire to get the greatest bang for the buck on Intel or AMD hardware is creating fierce competition among database providers on the two most prominent Intel-compliant operating systems: Windows and Linux. All makers run on Windows, while IBM, Oracle, Sybase and other companies have versions of their databases that run on Linux.

"In fact, many buyers see Linux as playing an increasingly large role in their future system plans. A poll of Oracle database customers taken in March by the International Oracle User Group found that 43 percent of respondents plan to use Linux for 'mission critical' applications in their data center within one year, while 54 percent plan to do so within two years.

"Given that Microsoft sells its database only for Windows, the software giant could find itself losing out on some deals. That's been a recurring concern for Microsoft as Linux and open-source software grows in popularity among businesses, especially on servers..."

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